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Holiday lights get much safer; CPSC pushes ahead with regs anyway

According to an account in The Hill last month, “the number of deaths caused by Christmas lights has declined to about one person each year from a high of 13 people each year in the early 1990s.” That might seem like an encouraging record,...Show More Summary

Uber Collective Action

New technology meets old-school labor unrest. Recently, the online ride service, Uber, has faced a series of collective actions by its drivers, which have objected to the increasingly tight terms and conditions of their relationship with the company. One of...

Coming Up On The Techdirt Podcast: Amanda Palmer

18 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Happy Thanksgiving folks! As you've probably noticed by now, Techdirt is taking the long weekend off, so you won't be seeing any regular posts today and tomorrow. But if you're craving Techdirt before your turkey, why not take this opportunity to check out the brand new Techdirt Podcast if you haven't already? So far, we've released two episodes. Show More Summary

140 Law - Legal Headlines for Thursday, November 27, 2014

21 hours agoIndustries / Law : Wise Law Blog

Here are the leading legal headlines from Wise Law on Twitter for Thursday, November 27, 2014: Retired judge taking over G20 disciplinary hearing has history of overturned decisions | The Toronto Star BC Civil Liberties Association challenges...Show More Summary

Assessing the New Restatement

As the new Employment Law Restatement approaches final form, we can expect another wave of academic commentary, and I was fortunate enough to be present last week at the first such effort, a Symposium hosted at Ithaca hosted by the....

Ferguson decision, cont’d

23 hours agoIndustries / Law : Overlawyered

PBS NewsHour “read and analyzed more than 500 pages of witness testimony and compared each statement to those given by [officer Darren] Wilson,” pulling together the results in this chart, which illuminates points where the witness testimony...Show More Summary

FDA issues calorie label mandate

Another hidden gift inside the Affordable Care Act: mandatory calorie labeling for many restaurant menus. Walter Olson comments on the complications and potential unintended consequences of such a mandate. My new Cato podcast: the new...Show More Summary

Deferred-Action Immigration Status and Employer Alienage Discrimination

Over a week ago, the President extended “deferred-action” status to millions of people who faced deportation for residing in the US in violation of federal immigration law. (He then defended his legal authority to do so.) Around the same time,...

Lessons On Censorship From Syria's Internet Filter Machines

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Norwegian writer Mette Newth once wrote that: "Censorship has followed the free expressions of men and women like a shadow throughout history." As we develop new means to gather and create information, new means to control, erase and censor that information evolve alongside it. Show More Summary

DC Police Department Budgets Its Asset Forfeiture Proceeds Years In Advance

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Asset forfeiture may be the greatest scam perpetuated on the American people by their government -- and it's all legal. For the most part, assets seized translate directly to monetary or physical gains for the agencies doing the seizing, an act often wholly separated from any American ideals of due process. Show More Summary

DailyDirt: Cutting Up Your Food...

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Those of us in the US will be thankful tomorrow for a bunch of things, and we'll probably be eating unusually large meals. For those of us who aren't accustomed to entertaining guests, the timing of cooking a big meal often gets hung up in the food preparation -- taking too long to chop vegetables and such. Show More Summary

The OTHER Government Revolving Door: Sheriff's Departments, State Troopers Provide New Homes For Bad Cops

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

It's not just our nation's legislators that enjoy a "revolving door" -- one that moves them from Congress to the private sector and back again, to the mutual benefit of legislators and certain industries… not so much the rest of America. Show More Summary

The FBI's Desired Encryption Back Doors Could Harm Intelligence Gathering, Military Operations

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

While FBI director James Comey discusses all the inevitable horrors encrypted phones are poised to wreak on the nation's youth, those in the encryption business are pointing out how encrypted phones make things safer for our nation's military. Show More Summary

The Justice Department’s Next Move

When a grand jury declined to indict Darren Wilson for killing Michael Brown, this did not mean that all of the legal questions had been resolved. While Brown may not be charged with a crime under Missouri law, a federal prosecution remains possible. Show More Summary

Shadow Trial

St. Louis County prosecutor Robert McCulloch’s decision to “open up” the grand jury proceedings by including massive amounts of testimony and evidence has been decried as “highly unusual,” “deeply unfair,” and evidence that police officer...Show More Summary

FTC Hammers Sony For Misleading Advertising

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Earlier this year, Mike had written up yet another post about Comcast doing its best again to prove that it was a company not worthy of a ton of trust. That specific case of Comcast d-baggery had to do with an advertisement for Comcast...Show More Summary

Garcia v. Google briefs

yesterdayIndustries / Law : 43(B)log

Going up at the Ninth Circuit's site. The Organization for Transformative Works filed a brief arguing that the injunction wrongly circumvented the protections of CDA 230 and the DMCA, available here. http://tushnet.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default?alt=rss

Ex-Dewey Partner Altorelli Files for Bankruptcy

John Altorelli, an outspoken former Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP partner sued for $12.9 million in the wake of the law firm’s collapse, has filed for personal bankruptcy to halt the collection efforts. In a lengthy statement issued Wednesday announcing his decision, an attorney for Mr. Show More Summary

'Grand Theft Auto' Maker Fires Back at Lindsay Lohan's Publicity Lawsuit

Plus, a new lawsuit over a video game featuring General George S. Patton read more

The 2014 ATL Holiday Gift Guide

Not sure about what to get the lawyer or law student in your life for the holidays? We've got you covered!

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